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Three North Carolina communities were selected to receive T-Mobile economic development grants.
- Laurinburg: Set up a dog park
- Robersonville: Create a vibrant public space with a covered stage and gardens that can be used by citizens and community organizations
- Boiling Springs: Add signposts to community parks and other city facilities
Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced that the 25 small towns are winning Hometown Grants to launch important community development projects to revitalize these cities and build on what makes them unique. Hometown Grants are part of the un-carrier’s massive commitment to bring 5G to rural America.
Over the next five years, T-Mobile plans to recruit 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities and to provide $ 25 million in grants for community development projects. Earlier this month, the Un carrier announced the FIRST Hometown Techover Winner Woodstock, Illinois, who will receive a $ 3 million package and become the 5G crown jewel for small cities across America. And today, 25 more well-deserved small towns will receive a grant to help improve their communities. Get to know the winners and their projects:
- Atmore, Ala .: Provision of a laboratory for internet technology and computer facilities, which will be located in the former Atmore hardware store
- Wedowee, Ala.: Renovating a city-owned house as a safe home for abused women and their children
- Clarksville, Ark.: Beautify and build the Levee Amphitheater, a public space for the community
- Mammoth Lakes, California.: Establish and operate a free, pet-friendly dog park that encourages integration into the community, encourages connections, and increases public safety
- Dixon, Ill.: Revitalize the Dixon Historic Theater to become a full-time performing arts center
- Batesville, Ind.: Develop and design Inspiration Park commemorating the 100th anniversary of the women’s election movement in 2020, honoring the rich legacy of women who have shown vision and perseverance to make meaningful contributions to the Batesville community
- Fruitland, Idaho: Purchase and installation of playground equipment for young people in a new city park
- Fort Scott, Kan.: Create a green space in the city center with an additional entrance pavilion and a walkway in the Market Street Pavilion at Skubitz Plaza
- Orion Sea, Michigan.: Improve Green’s Park, by install a new one Pavilion and playground
- Oxford, miss.: Transform an unused space in Oxford’s Courthouse Square into a new city park that offers residents and visitors a place to meet
- Laurinburg, NC: Set up a dog park
- Robersonville, NC: Create a lively public space with a covered stage and gardens that can be used by citizens and community organizations
- Boiling springs, NC: Add directional signs to community parks and other city facilities
- Raton, Nm: Buy and install monuments and signposts to make the city more welcoming to visitors, improve accessibility and directions, and improve connections between different parts of the city
- Bowling Green, Ohio: Install “parklets,” public meeting rooms created by converting parking lots into living common spaces that can be used by the public and adjacent businesses for seating, restaurants, retail, art exhibitions, and more
- Aumsville, Ore.: Create space for small businesses for the Saturday market days and support the use of the park with a common room
- Talent, ore.: Revitalizing the space in the depot building to make it a focal point for gatherings, collaboration and innovation in the decades to come
- Toledo, Ore.: Transform the main street of rural Toledo with shop embellishments and murals that create a vibrant, economically resilient corridor in the city center
- Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.: Improvement of the historic city center, which creates a safer and more accessible space for restaurants, shopping and community events
- Pittston, PA.: Art trail, plants, benches, QR stickers
- South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania.: Complete Fairview baseball complex – as part of a community and park center with pavilions, walking paths, a dog park and a splash pad
- Erwin, Tenn.: Complete construction of Phase 1 of the O’Brien Watershed Bike and Hike Park Trails, parking lot and trailhead
- Elgin, Texas: Convert vacant urban land into an accessible outdoor classroom with public WiFi and shade
- Helper City, Utah: Beautify historic Main Street with dark sky-conform lighting, planters, benches, and landscaping
- Mosessee, Washington.: Establishment of a creative community incubator with art, live music, events, a lounge and maker space; everything a person needs to feel inspired and to channel his inner creativity
“These incredible projects spark the innovation, ingenuity and hard work that have always been the hallmark of small towns in our country,” said Jon Freier, executive vice president of the Consumer Group at T-Mobile. “From beautifying historic main streets to building entirely new retail spaces, pop-ups and parks … this is part of our commitment to rural America, and we can’t wait to make all of these creative plans a reality.”
T-Mobile has partnered with Main Street America and Smart Growth America, two consulting partners with over 60 years combined experience working to build stronger, wealthier small towns and rural communities. Together, they determined the grant recipients based on the details and completeness of the submission, the community impact, and the feasibility of the project, among others. And this group is just the first – recipients are selected and honored quarterly, so cities with fewer than 50,000 residents are eligible and encouraged to apply.
“We are excited to partner with T-Mobile and Smart Growth America to support these inspiring projects in rural communities across the country,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of Main Street America. “These fellows demonstrate the creativity and passion for the place we’ve seen in the Main Street communities for decades, and we’re excited to see their projects take shape.”
“SGA is a resilient advocate for small towns in America and has worked in numerous rural cities over the past 12 years,” said Calvin Gladney, president and CEO of Smart Growth America. “Each of the 25 cities selected for a T-Mobile grant has shown their imagination and commitment to a project that invigorates the sense of place and improves the lives of its citizens.”
Commitment to Rural America
T-Mobile Hometown Grants is just one of many initiatives that underscore T-Mobile’s commitment to rural America. In addition to amazing deals on plans and new devices, the Un carriers have launched a new broadband service available to nearly 10 million rural households – T-Mobile Home Internet – and a commitment to build hundreds of new businesses and create 7,500 new jobs, to meet the wireless needs of communities in rural America. T-Mobile not only wants to offer wireless Internet, but also wants to be part of the community and help small cities thrive.
For detailed information on how to submit a Hometown Grant Proposal, please visit https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/hometown-grants.